Sustainable House Day a harvest

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Fair Harvest's Jodie Lane, Cedric Jourdain, Anthony Smith and Dorothy Perez will be on hand during the centre's Sustainable House Day festivities next weekend.
Camera IconFair Harvest's Jodie Lane, Cedric Jourdain, Anthony Smith and Dorothy Perez will be on hand during the centre's Sustainable House Day festivities next weekend. Credit: Warren Hately

Fair Harvest is inviting residents and visitors to its open day next weekend as part of WA’s Sustainable House Day movement.

The Carters Road centre’s cafe, garden and campground will be open for the day on Sunday, September 15.

Owner Jodie Lane said the annual celebration was a chance for Fair Harvest to lead viewers through its sustainable building designs and attend workshops on retro-fitting and permaculture garden management.

“Permaculture is not just about growing food, it’s about applying sustainable principles to all aspects of our lives — how we build our living environment is a part of this,” she said.

“Most of the buildings at Fair Harvest are renovated farm buildings which is a great way to keep the environmental cost of building to a minimum, and there are plenty of clever ways to turn an old building into a high-performing sustainable space.

“After offering a number of courses and workshops around sustainability, we realised that people really wanted to stay here and experience the farm, hence our latest project, a small sustainable campground which includes a camp kitchen, toilets and showers.”

Eco Waste Water Solutions engineer Anthony Smith will also show residents through his work on compost toilets and greywater recycling systems at Fair Harvest at 11am and 2pm.

Ms Lane said visitors were always fascinated by the site’s drop toilets, and surprised by how clean and pleasant they were.

Fair Harvest was also offering a one-day introduction to permaculture workshop the day before Sustainable House Day, with registration through the website.

“Bring the family, explore the gardens, camp for the weekend, get informed, and enjoy a coffee or light, healthy lunch made from the garden,” Ms Lane said.

Visit www.fairharvest.com.au for more.

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